St. Luke’s Home Postpones Chef Event, Cancels Baile de Gracias

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St Luke's Home Postpones Silver Chef Culinary Competition & Cancels 101st Baile de Gracias Dear Friends, Thank you for the outpouring of support regarding the protections St Luke’s Home is implementing during the threat posed by COVID-19. St Luke’s Home believes the safety, health, and well-being of our Elders and Staff are our number one priority, yet we also care about you. To cautiously manage this fast-developing situation, we are postponing the First Annual Silver Chef Culinary Competition until later in the year. We are also regretfully canceling the 101st Baile de Gracias on April 4th, 2020. We understand that many of you bought tickets and donated generously to these events. At this time, we are offering refunds on ticket purchases and event-specific contributions. However, as St Luke’s Home works diligently to protect…
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Dr Linda Hollis meets with Staff and Elders

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March 11, 2020 Dr. Linda Hollis, St. Luke’s Home CEO, met with Staff and the Elders to reiterate: St Luke’s Home believes the safety, health, and well-being of Elders and Staff are our number one priority. There have been no cases at the Home to date; however, we are taking the threat posed by COVID-19 extremely seriously. Effective March 11, 2020: 1)       We are temporarily restricting family members, volunteers, vendors, friends, and visitors access into St. Luke’s Home. Necessary visits by medical personnel will be screened. 2)       Staff are more than happy to make arrangements to help you keep in touch with your loved ones via phone calls and/or electronic communications. 3)       We are canceling Elder field trips and activities outside of the facility and ask that you…
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Don’t Look Away Photo Exhibition

Don’t Look Away Photo Exhibition

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Please join us for a wonderful afternoon. Sunday, November 10th | 2:30 to 4:30 pm St. Luke’s Home, 615 East Adams St., Tucson, AZ Remarkable photographers Kathleen Dreier, Martin Mongan, and Karen Wright share their work, honoring the grace of aging. The result is a powerful visual composition honoring our mission to provide quality of life for low income Elders to age with dignity in an assisted living community. Photo taken by Karen Wright
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Meet St. Luke’s New CEO

Meet St. Luke’s New CEO

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Linda Hollis, PhD, joined St. Luke's as Chief Executive Officer on April 8. Her career spans more than 20 years in various sectors including nonprofits, behavioral health clinics, educational institutions and nursing homes always holding Elder care near and dear. Most recently, Hollis served as Executive Director of Catholic Community Services in Tucson and Sierra Vista. “We are thrilled to have an individual of Hollis’ caliber as the new head of St. Luke’s Home,” said Nancy Nagle, President of the St. Luke’s Board of Directors. “Her combined expertise with Elders and in executive leadership roles make her the ideal candidate to work with the St. Luke’s Board as we continue to build St. Luke’s as a model of high-quality assisted-living for low-income Elders.” Hollis holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and…
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St. Luke’s at the Book Festival!

St. Luke’s at the Book Festival!

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When you visit the Tucson Festival of Books this weekend be certain to stop by Booth 146!  St. Luke's has its very own booth at the Festival where you can buy a copy of St. Luke’s in the Desert Story: A Century of Community Service (cover of book pictured above), learn more about St. Luke's in the Desert's 100-years of service to populations in need, or just chat for a bit with a member of the St. Luke's Board of Visitors. Stop by on Saturday, March 2 or Sunday, March 3 between 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. on the University of Arizona . The book will be available for purchase for only $15.00.  Also available: free bookmarks, and a $1.00 basket of packaged historic note cards from past years of…
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Message from Nancy Nagle, Board President

Message from Nancy Nagle, Board President

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  Dear Friends of St. Luke's Home: It is with sadness that I inform you that St. Luke's CEO L'Don Sawyer will be leaving St. Luke's Home on February 12 to return to a position with Tucson Medical Center to expand its Telehealth Program. Diana Sheldon will serve as the Interim CEO effective February 5, 2019. Her contact: ceo@stlukeshometucson.org and direct line:  207-0849. Please let us know if you know anyone interested in the permanent CEO position. As you all know, L'Don loves everything about St Luke’s and will continue to partner and engage (as she did in her previous position at TMC) with our St. Luke's community. This includes advocating for St. Luke's with her many high-level contacts across our community.  Over the last several months, I have heard many…
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Know Who Needs You – Carl

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  Know Who Needs You - #3 Welcome to St. Luke's third Know Who Needs You holiday postcard. In this season of returning light, we hope the stories about our Elders fill your hearts. Please know how profoundly grateful we all are for your generosity. It is because of you St. Luke's is able to keep its doors open to low-income older adults. Thank you!       Meet Carl:   Literature, travel and teaching are the passions of Carl's life. A native of Cambridge, MA, he graduated from the oldest secondary school in the nation, Boston Latin School, founded in 1635. He went on to earn a master’s and doctorate from Boston University. His first job was in Los Angeles as a high school teacher where he taught many…
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Know Who Needs You – Lois

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  Know Who Needs You - #2 It is our pleasure to share the second in our series of holiday postcards: Know Who Needs You. Thanks to all of you for not looking away! Your support and generosity provide our Elders a year-long gift of dignity, safety, community and care for which they are all deeply grateful.   Meet Lois: Two days each week, when you come through the front door of St. Luke's Home,  Lois' smiling face greets you. Pictured above right with Sadie, high- school-volunteer extraordinaire, Lois' kind and gentle ways are appreciated by all. You can often find her in the hall near the med room reading the Arizona Daily Star or in the dining room. No matter the time of day, her smile is always at the ready.…
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St. Luke’s CEO Advocates for Elder Housing Solutions

St. Luke’s CEO Advocates for Elder Housing Solutions

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[caption id="attachment_5329" align="aligncenter" width="500"] L'Don Sawyer, CEO of St. Luke's Home[/caption] Important Op Ed by CEO L'Don Sawyer that was published in the December 10th Arizona Daily Star. L'Don is Chair of the regional Elder Alliance Older Adult and Housing Action Team. A 76-year old woman tearfully told her story of living in a van after her two sisters died of cancer last year and then her van was hit by a car, demolishing her mobility and home. “My life is in storage in Sierra Vista,” she shared. Mary lost her home in the foreclosure crisis and lives now with an 80-year old who provides her a room in exchange for services around his home. A World War II vet lost his “job” house-sitting and was desperately seeking housing. “I…
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Know Who Needs You – Edna

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    Know Who Needs You - #1 This marks the third year we are honored to share our holiday Know Who Needs You postcard sent weekly in December so you can better know the amazing people who live at St. Luke's. Thanks to all of you for not looking away. Your support and generosity provide our Elders the dignity, safety, community and care all of them deserve.     Meet Edna: For 24-years, St. Luke's has been home to Edna, who holds the record for living in our community longer than anyone there today. A native of Buffalo, NY, she speaks fondly of cars with rumble seats (great for dates!), penny candy at the movies, and playing center on her school basketball team because she was tallest. Her first job…
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